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Vizio launches sub $200 Blu-ray player

logoVizio.pngNot only do Vizio products generally perform well, they're quite cost effective as well. Case in point: Vizio's new VBR100 Blu-ray player costs only $199.99.

The BD-Live VBR100 plays back Blu-ray discs in 1080p and can upconvert standard DVD's to your choice of 720p/1080i/1080p via an HDMI output. It has built-in decoding for uncompressed Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio codec, multi-channel PCM and all the other surround sound audio codecs. Connection include HDMI, composite, and component video outputs and 7.1-channel analog audio, coax and digital optical audio, and RCA audio outputs. Coming April 2009, the VBR100 brings a whole new price point to Blu-ray.

Vizio is also launching a couple of new HD sound bars--VSB210WS and VSB210. They have most features in common except the VSB210 doesn't include a wireless subwoofer. Both sound bars have 4 3-inch mid/bass drivers, a couple of 3/4-inch tweeters, SRS TruSurround and TruVolume. The VSB210WS also includes a 2.4 GHz wireless subwoofer with a long throw 6.5-inch woofer providing 35 to 80 Hz bass response. Both sound bars include a tabletop stand and wall-mount bracket.

The Vizio VSB210WS Sound Bar with Wireless Subwoofer will launch in February 2009 for $349.99 while the Vizio VSB210 will hit store in April 2009 for $199.99.


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January 7, 2009

Samsung's Got BD-P4600, BD-P3600 Blu-ray Players At CES

BD-P4600.pngSamsung's latest Blu-ray players, announced today, are the BD-P4600 and BD-P3600.

The BD-P3600 is a BD-Live player with 1080p Blu-ray playback and DVD upscaling. Just over two inches tall, the BD-P3600 is black with charcoal grey Touch of Color highlights around the edges and boasts touch sensitive controls. Sound support includes Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby TrueHD, and DTS-HD Master Audio. Sound can be pumped through the BD-P3600's 7.1-channel analog audio outputs or as an uncompressed PCM signal for older A/V receivers.

It can stream Netflix video and Pandora tunes as well though a subscription is required for both. Other features of the BD-P3600 include CD playback, JPEG viewing support, DivX support. Upgrades can be downloaded either via Ethernet or with an 802.11b/g/n wireless dongle. The player also has two USB 2.0 ports and 1 GB of internal flash memory.

The BD-P4600 is similar in features to the BD-P3600 but is only 1.5-inches tall and is the world's first wall-mountable Blu-ray player. Black with ruby red Touch of Color highlights, the BD-P4600 can sit on a stand at a 25 degree incline if not wall-mounted. For its innovative design, the BD-P4600 has won a "Best of Innovations" award at CES 2009.

No word on price or release dates for either models. Check out the full release after the cut.

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December 30, 2008

LG Blu-ray Players Getting Streaming CinemaNow, YouTube Video In '09

lg_bd300.jpgIn 2008 select LG Blu-ray players received streaming Netflix capabilities. LG, not content to rest on its laurels, has now partnered with YouTube and CinemaNow which will both stream to networked LG Blu-ray players that'll will be launched at CES in just over a week. CinemaNow content will include 14, 000 titles from major studios and television as well as a handful of independent titles and music videos. YouTube, as I'm sure you know, will allow you to access its database of millions of both premium and user-generated videos. LG's 2009 Blu-ray players will also be able to access streaming video from Netflix's growing library. Check out the release after the jump.

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December 29, 2008

SlySoft Updates AnyDVD HD Software

anydvd-hd(2).jpgSlySoft has once again updated its AnyDVD HD software to version which "decrypts copy protection on all current Blu-ray movies." Starting in 2009 SlySoft will be moving to a subscription-based update model so if you buy in the next couple of days you'll save yourself a nice 20%.

Via Engadget HD

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Hualu Launches Blu-ray Player Trio In China

bluraylogo.jpgYet another unknown--sorta--Blu-ray manufacturer has come out of the woodwork in China. Hualu, better known as China Hualu Panasonic AVC Networks, has released 3 Blu-ray players in the country. The 3 players are the BDP0801, BDP0810 and BDP0821 priced at the equivalent of US$292, US$336, and US$365 respectively. The first two models are apparently entry-level models while the BDP0821 is fully Profile 2.0 capable. China has been holding on to its own CBHD format based on HD DVD, but without any Hollywood support Blu-ray is slowing making inroads into the country though players are still very expensive compared to North American prices.

Via Digitimes

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December 28, 2008

UK Gets First Sub-£100 Blu-ray Player

bush_bd01(2).jpgWhile Bush isn't exactly a name too many of us have heard before in connection with Blu-ray, online retailer Argos has the Bush BD01 Blu-ray player for £97.86--the UK's first sub-£100 B-ray. Don't expect anything high-end for such a price--this isn't a BD-Live player nor does it work in NTSC regions--but it will playback Blu-ray discs and for that the price is right. It'll even upscale standard DVD's to full HD via HDMI, so if you're in the UK it might be worth your cash.

Via ITProPortal

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December 24, 2008

Funai Takes Over Philips Blu-ray, DVD Brand In North America

BDP7200(2).jpgThe struggling home theater brand Philips dropped its plasma line earlier this year and now Japan's Funai Electric is taking over the company's DVD and Blu-ray business in North America--starting next month. Reuters reports that the deal will increase Funai's North American sales to the tune of $322 million, but most of us won't notice the difference--Funai will work under the Philips label. Apparently the takeover will come in the form of royalty payments rather than a lump sum of cash or stock. Bye bye, Philips.

Via Engadget HD

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December 23, 2008

China Hangs On To CBHD To Fight Blu-ray But Losing Badly

bd.gifWay back when in the days of HD DVD, China rolled out its own high definition format called CBHD. Based on HD DVD technology, China's format was supposed to be one of its in-counrtry products meant to keep the rest of the world out. Except--no surprise here--it looks like that strategy is going to finally fail. Taiwan, the biggest outside supporter of CBHD, has decided to pull its support in favor of Blu-ray. Since China launched CBHD, the format hasn't gained support from any Hollywood studios resulting in few titles. Furthermore, players cost upwards of $400, more expensive than Blu-ray players with more features and more available titles. Looks like another HD disc format is about to kick the dust.


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December 20, 2008

Blu-ray/DVD Hybrid Disc Appears: Possibly Big Dollars Saved In The Future

bd-dvd-hybrid(2).jpgThe world's first Blu-ray/DVD hybrid disc has appeared in Japan. You don't have to flip the disc either; it works as if it was a truly single later. But it's not quite. The Blu-ray and DVD discs each have a permeable layer with a different thickness. The lasers are programmed to read at a certain depth depending on which type of disc you want to use so both discs basically function as one. This may not sound like much, but if you typically buy a movie title on both Blu-ray and DVD you could see the potential dollar savings here. Apparently it's available in Japan currently but I would expect a technology like this to make its way to North America sooner or later.

via BGR

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December 17, 2008

The Dark Knight Smashes Ironman, Sells 1.7 Million Blu-ray's In First Week

9-29-08-dark_knight_blu-ray(2).jpgI didn't think Ironman's record breaking Blu-ray release had a chance against The Dark Knight and it appears I was bang on. While Ironman managed 500, 000 Blu-ray disc sales in its first week, The Dark Knight easily smashed it with 1.7 million sales in its first week--including rental sales. Furthermore, with DVD sales attached the total disc sales reached an amazing 13.5 million! If you don't already know, BD-Live Blu-ray owners will be able to chat with The Dark Knight director Christopher Nolan tomorrow thanks to good ol' Profile 2.0 interactivity. I'm not sure if there's a limited amount of space available though--if that's the case you're probably out of luck. With the Blu-ray disc and Special Edition DVD copies of The Dark Knight, a digital copy was included and in the first week 300, 000 downloads were completed. An impressive number sure, but also confirmation that tangible media is still alive and well.

You can still get your copy of The Dark Knight from Amazonin time for Christmas if you order now!

The Dark Knight Special Edition DVD--$20.00 with free shipping
The Dark Knight Single-Disc DVD--$14.99 with free shipping
The Dark Knight BD-Live Blu-ray--$23.99 with free shipping

Via Engadget HD

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